Monday, June 27, 2016

The Swans of Kensington Garden~Perfect for Swan Lovers!

Review: The Swans of Kensington Garden

Why am I reviewing my own book? Because many people love to give coffee table books as gifts and I am one of them. Who doesn't love a beautiful book of photographs to look at? They make perfect gifts for people who seem to have everything. Plus they are a perfect accessory for the coffee table and a conversation piece when guests come over. With that idea in mind I recently published a coffee table book of my own: The Swans of Kensington Garden.

It all started with a trip to London, England and a visit to the gardens surrounding Kensington Palace. I just could not get over all the beautiful Swans in the lake there so I went home to grab my camera and started snapping away.  My husband and I love birds a lot and Swans in particular so this was a dream day in London for us. In the end I had more than 300 photos of the beautiful Mute Swans that inhabit the lake. When I got home I decided it would be wonderful to share all my photos and some fun facts about the Swans so the book was born.

I used Create Space to publish the book on Amazon. It was actually very easy to do, although there is a learning curve. I think the hardest thing was choosing only 36 photos out of the more than 300 I had taken. Actually maybe the hardest thing was formatting them and the text to fit in the template provided. But I am very happy with how it turned out, and now I have a permanent reminder of that beautiful day in my living room and not only do my guests get to see it, but anyone who purchases the book does too. I might be biased but I think it's a beautiful book and fun to read. I added little tidbits of information about the Mute Swan and several poems so you might even learn a little about Swans that you didn't know.

My friends who have seen my Swan book have all  remarked on the quality of the cover and the photos, so if you ever want to create a permanent memory of a trip and have a wonderful gift to give your friends, I highly recommend using Create Space to create a book very inexpensively. Very soon I will be writing an article explaining how to do that.

Meanwhile, if you love Swans, or know someone who does, my little coffee table book of Swans is sure to please them and would make a wonderful gift.

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  1. Heather, it looks like a gorgeous book. What a great photo opportunity! You made the most of it.

  2. Wow, Heather, what a wonderful book idea! If the pictures inside are as beautiful as the swan photo on the front (and I'm sure they are) this indeed would be a great coffee table gift book. Congratulations!

    1. thank you! I am really happy with how all the photos look.

  3. What a great idea! I'm looking forward to you instructions on writing the book. Perhaps I can do one of my sunrise in Jupiter photos.

    1. I was thinking of you Mary Beth. With all your stunning photos you could make several books and they are such great gifts!

  4. How totally awesome Heather! It is such a lovely book filled with beautiful photos. Swans really are gorgeous birds. They always look so peaceful, but I imagine their little feet are moving like crazy under the surface of the water.

    I look forward to seeing your instruction article on how to create a book. The idea of a memory book from a vacation is wonderful! Not only would I enjoy having a vacation book, but it would make a great gift for my family members who vacationed with me.

    1. Thank you! I will write the article soon. It would be a great memory book for sure!

  5. What a wonderful idea! Swans are so majestic as they glide across the water. Congratulations on a wonderful book!

  6. Fantastic idea! And a majestic way to feature all your gorgeous photos - love that Swan Photo on the cover, gorgeous. Really terrific way to put together photos and create a book for family members to have access to forever. Seriously, I'm adding this to my list of things to try. Thanks for the heads up, I had no idea.

    1. You are welcome Barbara, I'm sure you can make a beautiful book from all your photos.


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